Friday, June 17, 2011
You Need a Lawyer - The Right Lawyer
After resolving the question of whether you actually need the services of an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney - if you've been charged with a criminal infraction - your attention should then turn to: Who do you hire?
First, know this - you will have almost no chance of getting the result you desire for your case if you choose the wrong attorney.
The sad truth is that, like with any profession, there are some good Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorneys and some ... not so good one. This is especially true in the area of Minnesota DWI law.
If you are facing Drunk Driving charges - of any nature - you must recognize that you're going to up against experienced prosecutors who come to court armed with professional, trained, government witnesses (cops) and a slew of "scientific” evidence - all purposed on convicting you. Therefore, it's important that you have someone on your side who can help mount a strong defense. Someone who knows and understands the government's schemes, tactics and motivations - inside and out.
My experience as a former prosecutor affords me the sort of insider's perspective that has helped my clients win the results they desire.
In the context of DWI cases, I'm sure we all know someone who has had an experience with an attorney who's only strategy was to quickly plead his client guilty - without conducting a proper investigation into the facts and/or challenging the government's evidence.
In my opinion, it's because too many lawyers in this area do not have the knowledge and training required to properly go after the government's so-called "scientific" evidence - like the blood, breath and urine samples they often rely on to convict you. As such, they give their clients bad advice - rather than admitting to their own shortcomings.
I often have to explain to clients that just because you've been charged with an offense - it does not mean that you will be found guilty of it. However, being innocent or wrongly accused often (unfairly) isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to have an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense/DWI Attorney on your side to gather the resources necessary to aggressively defend you.
I take pride in the fact that I am not only prepared to take on representation of my clients - in the same manner and style I would for a family member or loved one - but also that I'm dedicated to winning my clients the right results by employing every tool that the law will allow.